The Art of Peace
By One Toots
I. Setting Intentions
One Toots said: The art of peace is of vital importance to All.
It is a matter of life and death, a path either to bliss or to misery. Ergo it is a subject of inquiry which cannot be taken lightly in any act.
The art of peace includes five constant factors to be examined during one's meditations, when seeking to know the truth of conditions in the here now.
These are: Morality, Bliss, Gaia, The All, and Action with mindfulness.
Morality allows beings to be in complete accord with the ALL, so that they will act for the evolution toward bliss and for the All regardless of their story, undeterred by fears or disappointments of the past. The story is now, and onward.
Bliss is in Gaia, to be experienced in night and day, cold and heat, in all times and seasons.
Gaia is the material realm and perceived by us as distances, great and small; danger and security; bright open spaces and hidden, narrow passes; the experiences of life and death.
The All holds the virtues of wisdom, sincerely, benevolence,courage and strictness.
By mindful actions the gifts of each peacenik will be elucidated, the role of each made clear, the coordination of efforts will synchronistically emerge, and the spirit of the gift will prevail.
These roles and outcomes should be familiar to every peacenik: she who is mindful of them will promote the peace; she who is not mindful may hinder peace.
Ergo, in your meditations, when seeking the truth of the here now, recognize the alchemical gifts of your own being and the alchemical gifts of your fellow peacenik beings.
Which among us speak the tongue of morality? Which among us are leaders? Which is the appropriate path toward Bliss for Gaia? Which among us are most rigorous in meditation and mindfulness? What is the will of the All? Which among us is most mindfully prepared? Which among is most consistent in thought and action?
By mindful consideration of these factors peace can be won or lost.
There are no sides in the art of peace. Each must find her path through the All. Those who quietly allow the All to counsel and act upon that counsel will find the path toward Bliss for Gaia. Those held in thrall of the self are deafened to the All will be lost to the path of Bliss.
Rejoice in sacred synchronicity.
Sometimes one must wing it.
The art of peace is a clever art and slight of hand is useful.
The appearance of weakness can be a great strength. Playful engagement spreads peace very quietly. Remember, the All is everywhere, every time.
Remember, every being truly wants Bliss. Kill misery with silliness and kindness.
There are conditions under which to come together to act in peacenik solidarity and times to hunker down. Be aware and act accordingly.
Those on the path of misery show many mindless tempers. Be aware of those tempers and seek to sooth them into peaceful mindfulness. Use compassion with the miserablites; against it they are defenseless.
Be relentless with your compassion toward the miserablites and show the way toward the path of bliss. Free those who would change paths from those who would hold them fast in misery.
Show your greatest compassion when the other is most miserable or when she has been most vicious toward you.
(Ssssshhhhhhhh, it’s a secret…silly little miserablites will never know what hit ‘em.)
Only through dedicated practice can leaders find the path to Bliss for Gaia.
II. Mindful Action
One Toots said: Action requires resources, material and spiritual.
Peaceniks should endeavor to be generous with resources and wise in their allocation. Do not put all of one’s eggs into one basket; a single misstep can make a real mess and leave one hungry.
Patience is a virtue and haste can lay waste to resources, both material and spiritual.
Recognize that misery is a powerful force, both material and spiritual.
Peaceniks should not subject themselves to the forces of misery when their own resources are in short supply. There are times to chill.
However, when resources have been replenished, the wise peacenik will not dally. Rust never sleeps.
A short and effortless path to Bliss is most desirable, but unrealistic.
However, long and winding roads are sometimes not very scenic and not the best route to the path of Bliss.
Peaceniks who have known misery recognize the importance of leading others from that path quickly.
Mindful consideration of most promising actions to take will prevent peaceniks from unnecessary, repeated, and redundant efforts.
The path of misery is a painful one. By showing the miserablites their pain, they can be helped to find bliss.
Obtain resources locally. None need be impoverished.
Be mindful of how many peaceniks the local environment can support. Never overtax the land that provides for those who share it.
Overtaxing the land overtaxes all who share it and all are affected.
Overtaxing the land includes destruction of soil and its inhabitants, excessive removal of native flora and fauna, unwise disposal of wastes, use of poisons most foul, and competition with others in dishonorable and most uncool ways. No one peacenik nor tribe shall take more from Gaia than is returned to it.
Competition is a fact of biological life, but must be honorable. Competition for vital resources in times of true scarcity is honorable. Competition for more than is vital is dishonorable. Killing competitors unnecessarily is dishonorable. Follow the ways of nature.
The passion of peaceniks must sometimes be inspired. Remind peaceniks that there is a time for the zafu and a time for the march.
Successes in peacenik activism should be celebrated and shared with peaceniks everywhere. Raise the peace sign proudly, and embrace the miserablites who wish to become peaceniks. Treat those who don’t with compassion.
In this way we practice what is called total acceptatude and grow stronger.
Endeavor to win the hearts of the miserablites quickly so that the zafu can once again know the warmth of peacenik butts.
It’s not easy being purple.
III. Making it So
One Toots said: In the practicing the art of peace, the best thing of all
is to do no harm; harm is always a bummer. ’Tis better to wage peace non-violently and win only a few hearts than to stray from totally righteous action and risk FUBAR.
The path to peace is not a contest or competition and neither leads to total awesomeness. Cooperation is key, and winning the cooperation of all toward total awesomeness is the highest aim of the peaceniks.
The surest way toward the path of cooperation is to point out the overarching fallacy of competition inherent in the miserablite story. If that cannot be done, then point out the fallacies of each sub-myth within the overarching one. If the truth will not be heard by the masses, spread it to each individual. It can be very difficult to win the heart of citizens united.
Citizens united and its masters are invulnerable on many fronts. Wisdom rocks.
Every fortress has its hidden entryways.
Wisdom, coolness, hidden entryways. Theme from Pink Panther.
Strategies for peaceniks changes with their numbers. When we are many we may overwhelm with love. When we are strong but not many we must seek to win over. When we are few, we must part ways and work in small groups.
When peacenik numbers are adequate they may freely seek to spread the peace. When miserablite forces are strong, peaceniks may pass time quietly. In extreme cases of ugliness, peaceniks may be forced to go underground.
A small number of obstinate peaceniks may offer smoke and mirrors for a while, but ultimately will fall against miserable force.
Strong movements have strong leaders.
Leaders must also be wise. Avoid FUBAR by
-knowing peaceniks and their unique strengths and weaknesses.
-recognizing that each peacenik unit is composed of unique individuals, and that each unit has unique emergent properties (remember that diversity rocks).
- remembering the prime rule of evolution and progress, that it is the whole most responsive to change that survives to wage peace another day. The strongest unit will differ with circumstances.
By recognizing and respecting the strength of each peacenik tribe and esteeming each equally, trust, patience, and commitment to the goal of peace may be maintained.
Ergo: Know when to practice activism and when to rest; Know how to respond to varying degrees of miserablite force; remember we are All equal measure of One; careful consideration and attention to the All will show when misery is spent; when peacenik strength is adequate, the All will make it so.
Ergo if you know the way of misery and know the way of peace, you need not fear the result of a hundred miserablite interactions. If you know only the way of peace
but not of misery, for every one you help you will learn some misery. If you know neither peace nor misery, you cannot spread peace and can only learn misery.
IV. How Toots
One Toots said: The good peaceniks of old first tuned in, turned on, and dropped out. Their successes in social activism came forth from their knowledge of the total righteousness of their causes.
Total righteousness reveals itself independently of peacenik action.
The fact of total righteousness is sometimes not enough to make it so.
Ergo, though what is totally righteous might be clear, the path to it might not be.
When stakes are high, defense of what’s totally righteous might not be enough; peaceniks sometimes must act with good intention and wisdom to pursue total righteousness and hope for the best.
Defending the totally righteous should be supplemented by action to make it so. Peaceniks can build totally righteous alternatives for those who seek to find them.
To ensure a future, some peacenik tribes shall hide themselves and raise their children in the most secret recesses of the earth; those tribes more suited to engagement shall come forth from the topmost heights of drop out. Ergo peaceniks on the one hand will have ability to protect ourselves; on the other, engagement that is ongoing.
Totally righteous alternatives will not be found by those who lack eyes that see or ears that listen or hearts that seek.
Peaceniks do not seek fame or fortune, only the path toward bliss.
Peaceniks must be strong and focused.
Strength and focus promote top peacenik engagement.
A strong, focused peacenik makes it look easy.
Masters of engagement prepare thoroughly and engage mindfully.
Excellence in preparation involves considering all possible threads of engagement.
Excellence in engagement involves moving forward only after excellence in preparation.
Peaceniks must walk the walk to help build the path toward bliss.
Numbers. No doubt somebody will deal with numbers and love it.
Undoubtedly. Someone will be doing stats. How quaint.
Yup, somebody wants to know how many new souls have found the path to bliss. Have at it.
A really nice line chart will make lots of folks feel good about their effort. Some will have parties to celebrate. Numbers rock!
One Toots said: Global scale harmonic resonance works in the same way that small group harmonic resonance works; it is merely a matter of spreading love more effectively.
Spreading love with many minds is nowise different from spreading love with few minds: it is merely a question of coordinating through signs and signals.
To ensure that resonators may withstand the pain of the miserablites and remain unshaken, direct and indirect approaches may be pursued.
That the warmth of your love may be like hot chocolate over ice cream is a matter of knowledge of the miserablites hidden pain and your compassion.
Directed compassion is always needed when first engaging a miserablites but indirect support will also be needed in order to help them find bliss.
Indirect support, efficiently applied, should be inexhaustible as Heaven and Earth, unending as the flow of rivers and streams; like the sun and moon. Indirect efforts sometimes must be abated, but they end only to begin anew; like the four seasons, they passes away to return once more.
Using only five wavelengths of the low frequency resonance interactive effect can produce more melodies than can ever be heard.
Using only five wavelengths of middle frequency resonance the primary colors blue, yellow, red, white, and black can be produced yet used in combination they produce more hues than can ever been seen.
Using only five biochemical receptors the tastes sour, acrid, salt, sweet, and bitter are perceived, yet combinations of them yield more flavors than can ever be tasted.
In spreading love, there are only two methods of engagement—the direct and the indirect; yet these two in combination give rise to endless forms of compassion.
The direct and the indirect lead on to each other in turn. It is an infinite cycle.
The flow of love is like the rush of a torrent which will even roll stones along in its course.
Action to achieve the maximum flow of love should be is like the well-timed swoop of a falcon which observes her environment keenly enabling her to provide the nourishment needed for her family.
Ergo even though the good peacenik may be fearful in her onset, she must be prompt in her decision to act upon what she has observed in her environment.
Resonance may be likened to the bending of a crossbow; the action, to the releasing of its trigger.
Amid the turmoil and tumult of changing tides, there may be seeming chaos and yet no real chaos at all; amid confusion egos meet and melt and disappear, but unity has
no head or tail, no right or wrong, no good or bad, proof against defeat.
Chaos of ego gives way to perfect discipline of unity, fear of ego gives way to courage in unity; weakness of ego gives way to strength in unity.
Holding space for order beneath the cloak of disorder is often wise; concealing courage under a show of timidity endows a fund of latent resonant energy; masking strength with weakness is often the wisest course toward peace.
Ergo the peaceniks who are skillful at engaging miserablites will sometimes wear the tricksters mask to lure those in need of loving compassion to them. Some honor of radical honest may be lost, a cost that must sometimes be paid.
Using the lure of acceptance and unconditional love, the miserablites are drawn toward the path of bliss; peaceniks await them there to help guide them along.
The clever peacenik seeks the interactive effects of combined resonance, so as to not pull too much energy from individuals. A wise peacenik has the ability to pick
out the right people and to utilize combined energy.
Using harmonic resonance, peaceniks become as it were like a rolling stone. How does it feel?
Imagine the sound of a Hammond organ introducing one of the best tracks ever laid down. So much on the subject of resonance.